This is going to be the last pregnancy update for these twins! Can you believe it? I sure can’t. I am entering my 37th week of this pregnancy and my OB doesn’t want me going longer than a week from now. So, we are at the end of this series and the beginning of a new one when the twins make their arrival:)

36 weeks pregnant with twins

Thank you all for sharing in this crazy and exciting journey with me!

Twin Pregnancy at 36 Weeks

Genders and Names: Boy/Girl, Di/Di Fraternal Twins named Oliver and Annabelle:) You can read more about the reasons behind their names and pictures of the big surprise in our Gender Reveal.

Here is a picture of our sweet little Oliver:)

36 week ultrasound

Weight Gain: I am headed into my 37th week now and from my appointments all throughout the week, I have gained around 33 pounds total with my weight staying pretty steady at this point. I think that 33 pounds will be the number for this pregnancy:)

Labor Signs: At my most recent check-up, I was started to dilate at around 2 cm and was effaced 60%. Little Annabelle was also sitting at a -1 station, which is pretty engaged. My midwife says that based on the condition of my cervix, I could pretty much go into labor at any time.

Sleep: Is non-existent at this point… it’s really hard to get comfortable and I wake up like clock work every day at 5:30 am.

Food Cravings: Getting all of my sweet and dessert fixes in these last few weeks/days:)

Food Aversions: Eating at this point is done for health reasons, not because I am in the mood to do so. I have to stay away from large meals because there just isn’t room in there!

Symptoms: I’m just really pregnant at this point… no new symptoms besides the fact that I don’t think I can stretch much more outward than I am right now.

Clothing: Anything that doesn’t make me feel too hot or too big is what I go for. The Arizona heat is a NIGHTMARE when you’re pregnant, so finding appropriate summer maternity clothing for the 100+ weather is a must.

Exciting Moments: We switched doctors this week. I wasn’t going to accept that I had to deliver by c-section just because of our little baby A is breech. So, thankfully, we went to see a doctor that came highly recommended for delivering high risk babies, breech babies, and multiples. The first appointment with him gave me a huge amount of relief because he has so much experience and knowledge in this area. He was not phased by the position of the babies, gave alternative options for the risks/if something were to go wrong, and is very prepared for any and all situations. Attempting a double breech vaginal delivery of twins is something pretty unheard of these days, especially in the hospital where I am delivering. But, with all that I’ve read and learned from my new OB, I am now ready to give birth to these babies knowing that I have done everything I can to try for a vaginal deliver and natural labor process (If you haven’t read why I believe women should have a choice in labor, click here).

Belly update: Last belly update:) I’ll post a final one on Instagram before/during labor, so make sure you follow Motherhood and Merlot on there. twin pregnancy timeline19-23 weekstwin belly growthtwin belly growth

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Thoughts from this past week:

  • I am so thankful that even when we might not know what’s going on, God already has a plan in place. The way things worked out with finding this new doctor was really crazy but perfect and I could not be more thankful.
  • This is my last week of pregnancy! Everything is ready to go, my hospital bag is packed, we have found the best double jogging stroller and now we are just hanging out waiting for labor:) I think that by this weekend we will have two new additions to our family!

*Here’s to getting to meet our beautiful babies soon*

joanna at motherhood and merlot